GERMANY: Local officials blocking CO2 storage from Schwarze Pumpe

It has not yet been given permission of injecting CO2 underground due to concerns among local officials about the lack of a legal framework for CO2 storage. 

Lack of knowledge and understanding of CCS in the general public remains a big challenge when it comes to the development and deployment of CCS. Stuart Haszeldine, a CCS expert at the University of Edinburgh, warns of possible negative repercussions from opposition towards one CCS project onto another.

“The example of Schwarze Pumpe shows why utilities need to take public consultation very seriously at the earliest stage of developing CCS projects. We at Bellona are now working on a set of guidelines for how this should be done,” says Dulce Boavida of Bellona Europa.